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How New York’s mayor got steamrolled by his own governor and charter lobby

If you doubt the power of the charter school movement, consider this: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, just  slapped down New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, over the issue. Or, as education historian Diane Ravitch put it in this piece for the New York Review of Books blog: How did a privately managed […]

Thompson: Bill Moyers Interviews Diane Ravitch

What do you get when you combine Bill Moyers and Diane Ravitch? WISDOM! Both are among the all-time greats of their professions. During the Iraq War, I sometimes tried to duck Moyers' reports because he spoke more truth than I wanted to handle. Show More Summary

Web Extra: Public Schools for Sale?

Previously published on BillMoyers.com I continue my conversation with education historian Diane Ravitch about the privatization of public education. In this extra video, we talk about the problem with charter schools being run by billionaires,...Show More Summary

Web Extra: Public Schools for Sale?

Previously published on BillMoyers.com I continue my conversation with education historian Diane Ravitch about the privatization of public education. In this extra video, we talk about the problem with charter schools being run by billionaires,...Show More Summary

Charter Schools: A Marketplace For Profits Or Ideas?

(Credit: Talk Radio News Service) Diane Ravitch explains why she turned her back on charter schools.

In Denouncing Common Core, Ravitch Promotes National Standards

Even back to the days when Diane Ravitch was a trusted employee of the Bush I Administration, she was an advocate for voluntary national curriculum standards. She has continued to hold this position, even as her previous pro-corporate vices became untenable for anyone with intellectual aspirations or even a lick of integrity. Show More Summary

Ravitch Freaks Out

The other day Diane Ravitch had more "breaking" Randi news about how Weingarten is once again standing tall for teachers against the corporate forces. Perhaps it was this bit of spinning that prompted the storm of responses (84 at last...Show More Summary

Progressive Icon Trashes Texas Education System in Austin

AUSTIN, TEXAS--"There was no Texas Miracle," Diane Ravitch said bluntly from the stage at the SXSWedu 2014 conference last week, slapping her home state of Texas for the direction it has taken on education reform and statewide testing. Show More Summary

Mayor de Blasio and Education: Fact-Checking Eva Moskowitz's Claims

By Diane Ravitch and Avi Blaustein The battle between NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Eva Moskowitz, CEO of the Success Academy charter chain, has blown up into a national controversy, covered on national television, the New York Times,...Show More Summary

Breaking News: Diane Ravitch Has Breaking News about Randi

Acting as Randi Weingarten's unofficial press agent, Diane Ravitch faithfully catalogs Randi's continued bobbing and weaving to preserve her standing with the billionaires who made her, while maintaining her job as President of AFT.Show More Summary

No Unnecessary Testing, Not No Testing

Submitted to the Indy Star, March 8, 2014Tim Swarens writes that "Diane Ravitch’s opposition to accountability isn’t realistic," (March 7) because we need to "identify those who excel and those who lag behind."Agreed. But we don't need to test every child every year on every subject to find this out. Show More Summary

It's Time for Congress to Investigate High Stakes Testing

More than 400 educators, citizens, bloggers, activists and parents met in Austin, Texas for the first Annual Network for Public Education Conference. The press release just doesn't seem to be getting much press. Diane Ravitch was on the Ed Show last night on MSNBC. Show More Summary

Activist calls for congressional hearings on standardized testing, gets unexpected support

Education historian and activist Diane Ravitch just called for congressional hearings on the misuse and abuse of standardized tests used for high-stakes purposes — and she got some unexpected support. Ravitch and the nonprofit Network for Public Education that she leads held a conference in Austin this past weekend, just before the start of the […]

Newark AFT Members Begin to Suffer Effects of Weingarten Deal

The following links and annotations are from Ken Derstine in Philadelphia. We have to wonder how much longer Diane Ravitch will keep her buried while Randi Weingarten makes off with more millions in hard-earned dues from teachers who are losing their jobs because of Randi’s complicity with CorpEd and misleadership of AFT. Show More Summary

Ravitch: The ‘White House’s obsession with data is sick’

Education historian and activist Diane Ravitch has been blasting the Obama administration for a long time for education policies that have expanded the importance of standardized tests and promoted the privatization of public education. She was just in Washington to talk with U.S. legislators about the dangers of corporate-influenced school reform and she made some of her […]

A challenge: Teach 8th grade Common Core before endorsing it

This post is a response to this piece by Gerald Graff, which was itself a response to this speech about the Common Core State Standards by Diane Ravitch. This was written by educator Mercedes Schneider, who holds degrees in secondary education (English and German), guidance and counseling, and applied statistics and research methods. She is in […]

Reaction to Ravitch: A different view of Common Core

I published the text of a speech that education historian and activist Diane Ravitch gave this month about the past, present and future of the Common Core State Standards to the Modern Language Association. (You can read it here.) Here’s a response from Professor Gerald Graff, a former president of the Modern Language Association who […]

Diane Ravitch and technology: Once more into the breach…

I’m trying to see Diane Ravitch’s pro-technology stance. I really am. I thought she was more tempered in Reign of Error. She actually noted some positive affordances of instructional technologies for students and teachers and also appropriately noted concerns about some cyber charter schools. But after yet another derisive statement about how technologies are ‘distracting [...]

Selections from, comments on Ravitch, Everything you need to know about the common core

Excerpts from, and a few friendly comments on, Diane Ravitch's essay, Everything you need to know about the common core. (Comments marked with "SK"). My hope is that this very strong essay will turn the tide. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/01/18/everything-you-need-to-know-about-common-core-ravitch/ 1. Show More Summary

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